In the Fall of 2006 the USC Libraries began accepting electronic-only deposit of dissertations and theses. This on-line collection contains those electronic submissions. These have been deposited directly by the authors. Print copies have not been retained by the USC Libraries since the Fall of 2006. Note that some recent submissions may have restricted access for up to two years from the date of submission, after which, they will become available without restriction.
An early batch of 39 theses is also included in this collection. Dating between 1931 and 1966, this early batch contains theses on topics related to Los Angeles. These earlier documents were written by students in graduate programs in the Departments of Cinema, Finance, Geology, History, and Sociology, as well as the Graduate School, the School of Commerce, and the Graduate School of Social Work. Additionally, newly digitized older theses and dissertations continue to be added to this collection.
In the Spring of 2014, the USC Libraries began a project to retrospectively digitize every USC dissertation, thesis and graduate project in its print collection. These graduate works will gradually appear in the USC Digital Library over the course of about two years until the project is complete in early 2016.